Gavin Newsom has always had sharp, well-paid political advisors, starting with consultant Eric Jaye. His public-relations operation has been well-honed, his every move designed to keep those popularity ratings soaring and keep him on the fast track to higher office.
But the wheels are starting to fall off this train.
By Steven T. Jones
How brittle will Mayor Gavin Newsom be at his town hall meeting tomorrow, when he's expected to be confronted about ducking real political debate? If this interview that aired on KGO-TV last night is any indication then watch for him to flee under fire again. Are we watching a full-blown meltdown of a big city mayor?
If you didn't make it down to Memphis for the Third National Media Reform Conference, there was a great show on Democracy Now this morning about it. Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez are broadcasting from Tennessee for the duration of the conference and had a conversation this morning with Robert McChesney of the Free Press and Jonathan Adelstein, one of the two Democratic FCC commissioners. Read more »
Watching the speech in replay tonight, and Jesus, Bush looks terrible. I see none of the old confidence and swagger. He's stumbling over words. He looks like he's aged dramatically (like Carter did after the Iran hostage crisis). The wheels are coming off.
And it was fun to watch Anderson Cooper just skewer the plan .....
By now you've all heard or read about the exceptionally uninspiring speech, but if you want to read the full text, it's here. Beyond thinking that Bush is delusional -- 20,000 new troops in Baghdad? This really is becoming Vietnam again -- I can only say that he has handed the Democrats the best opportunity in many years. Read more »
There's a website up from Democracy in Action that lists all the protests set for today and tomorrow against the Bush "surge" in troops. Click here to enter your zip code and use this handy-dandy guide to where to go.
By Steven T. Jones
We're getting several calls -- but no callbacks from the Mayor's Office yet -- from people interested in attending Mayor Gavin Newsom's townhall meeting this Saturday who are being told by the mayor's Communications Office that the event is RSVP only. That's a surprise to us, those who have followed the issue of how Newsom is refusing Prop. Read more »
Thanks for sending me information about the latest on the BALCO leak. I remember the morning that this bit of news broke quite well as the information itself arrived to me from a number of convict sources who had just seen it on the news. Everything from telling me that the reporters had come forward with their sources to the nonsensical take that the FBI had come forward to tell the journalists who their source was. Needless to say, I spent the next 40 minutes glued to the morning news waiting for the story to come back around. Read more »